5-10cm or so of fresh snow in Zao since yesterday as the snow continues to fall.... not heavy snow but it is still coming down and early on this morning there is fairly low visibility as the mountain is covered in cloud.
It is noticeably warmer this morning. Having said that, it's still below zero! But definitely milder and we can expect milder conditions over the coming few days.
The few lifts that were not moving before today are now doing so (apart from, it seems, two pair lifts) but the mountain is now pretty much all open.
The forecast has light snow for the next few days but fine weather likely from Friday afternoon and perhaps over the weekend.
More people in the village this morning due to the fact that it is a national holiday.... not enough to cause congestion on the slopes though.
It's another fine morning in Shiga Kogen. As yesterday we are starting off with blue skies and a cold start to the day, though today it is likely to be milder than yesterday and we can expect temperatures to be milder over the coming few days.
Giant and Terakoya are now open meaning that all the major resort areas of Shiga Kogen are now open. Various courses around the area do remain closed. While the snow conditions are good, there's still not a mid-season amount out there with many resorts reporting less than 1m of snow, so another round of heavy snow would be welcome (as it always is of course!)
Right now the forecast does not have any heavy snow in the coming week - rather milder temperatures and generally cloudy/sunny weather. Perhaps a few flurries of snow but nothing major.
Official resort snow depths as of 23rd December 09:
More of the same today really. The sun is out, blue skies. Great day to be on the mountain.
Temperatures are up a bit as well as it is a mild start to the day, though it is keeping below or close to zero so the snow shouldn't take a hit. Talking of which I was out there yesterday and experienced some fine snow conditions - and hardly anyone out there on the hill either. Fine pre-Christmas skiing!
From today the Mitsumata Force Park is open - with 4 kickers, wide box, narrow box, flatdown, 4m rail, wave and quarter.
As it is a national holiday, Naeba has both the gondolas moving as well as 3 quads and 3 pair lifts with large parts of the mountain - apart from the very top and beginner connecting course open.
The light snowfalls continued for most of yesterday and intermittently overnight keeping things topped up with another 10-15cm of perfect powder. Snow conditions are still excellent and there's still lots of deep stuff in the accessible off-piste areas. The winds up high have mostly abated and snowdrift development has slowed. Overall avalanche danger is low and gates 1,4,6 & 7 are scheduled to open Christmas day allowing access to a lot of previously untouched terrain. I can't think of a much better Christmas present! This morning more light snow is falling which may intensify a bit through the middle of the day. More snow through tomorrow and a little cooler with the passage of a weak low to the south turning the winds a little nore North-Westerly briefly. Christmas day still expected to be mostly fine and Boxing day will see another system approach and it will be mild at first with sleet/wet snow like at village level.
A little bit warmer today as temperatures increase as forecast. -2 at the top of Goryu this morning and currently 2 degrees in the shade at 800m. Conditions on the runs are still excellent, couldn't ask for much more really. Tsugaike yesterday had groomed one line down the center with deep powder on either side and the cold temps have kept the powder in fluffy condition.
Light snow is forecast overnight but nothing to write home about. Overcast tomorrow with the sun coming out Christmas and relatively warm temperatures for the next few days. I think its safe to say the last few days have been the shiznit powder wise and now its back to eating scraps, but groomers have a solid base and we are setup for a decent run through to the next dump.
There was a good heavy snowfall yesterday and overnight. We awoke to a clear, calm morning with sun and plenty of fresh powder.
Kitanomine is definitely the place to be today. The early bird certainly got the worm this morning with nearly all of Kitanomine covered in ungroomed powder. The link run provided a great untracked run for those up there early on. The gondola is still not being operated but everything below the Kitanomine Romance #2 lift is skiable. The lowest slopes had some bamboo shoots and bracken coming through but this was being cleaned up by ski area staff early in the morning.
Night skiing will start in Kitanomine from tomorrow. Santa will hit the slopes on Dec 24 and 25 so keep an eye out for him.
Another clear blue sky today with higher temperatures than yesterday. Started off very cold but the sun has been warming things up since and the snow at valley level is starting to melt. Conditions up high are good though lower temperatures would be nice. Should be colder tomorrow.